Biography

Ben did his undergraduate degree in Arts at St. Francis Xavier University in 1970, and earned his law degree at Dalhousie Law School. He practiced law in British Columbia after being called to the bar in 1975.

Ben moved back to Nova Scotia and was called to the Nova Scotia Barristers Society in 1977. In recognition of his expertise he was appointed a Judge of the Regional Assessment Appeal Court, Halifax, from 1981-1983 and a Judge of the Regional Assessment Appeal Court, Dartmouth, from 1983-1988.

In 1988 Ben moved his family to Toronto and was called to the bar of The Law Society of Upper Canada in 1988.

Prior to the establishment of Benjamin Blufarb Law Office, He was a senior associate with a major national law firm, Fraser & Beatty in the Province of Ontario. In that capacity, he represented many national Canadian corporations and assisted them in contesting Real Property Tax issues before local assessment tribunals. In addition to those clients, he also advised various government departments with respect to liabilities and valuation issues.

Ben writes and publishes a newsletter “The Bottom Line” which advises on recent developments in assessment and property taxation and valuation issues.

He conducts in-house workshops and lectures on assessment and environmental issues that affect property values. He was a former lecturer at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

Ben has been a keynote speaker and has published many papers concerning Realty Tax Issues including:
Case comment on the South Winds Case published in the Ontario Land Economist concerning treatment by the Ontario Municipal Board of the Valuation of contaminated residential lands for tax purposes.

Publication in the IAAO Press publication “Issues Confronting Properties Affected by Contamination or Environmental Problems”. “Valuation of Contaminated Property: When the Lender Has to Pay”. October 2002

Publication in Assessment Journal IAAO Press Publication “Valuation of Contaminated Property: When the Lender Has to Pay”. July 1995

Publication in CCH The Focus on Canadian Municipal Assessment and Taxation. “Valuation on Contamination a Lenders Perspective”. May 1995

Presentation to Federal Department of Government Services, February 1995, on “The Valuation of Contaminated Properties”.

Keynote speaker at Annual Municipal Assessors of Ontario conference, June 1994, paper on ” Valuation of Contaminated Properties for Municipal Taxation”.

Presentation to Credit Union Association of Ontario, Annual Conference, Spring 1994 on “The Valuation of Contaminated Properties”.

Presentation to Federal Department of Public Works, 1993 on “The Valuation of Contaminated Lands as a Legal Issue”.
Ben and his wife have a daughter who has earned her masters in education from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. When he is not working, Ben enjoys cooking gourmet meals and looks forward to his annual camping trip with his canoe buddies.

Ben is a member of the following Associations:

International Association of Assessing Officers (I.A.A.O), in full
Nova Scotia Bar, Non-Practicing
The British Columbia Bar, Non-Practicing Member
The Law Society of Upper Canada, Member in Good Standing
Ontario Property Tax Lawyers Association

Specialty Courses and Seminars attended:
“Developmental Changes in Assessment Law”, Judges’ Conference
“Securities and Flow- Thru Shares”, Nova Scotia Gold Miners & Prospectors’ Conference
“Changes in Property Law”, C.L.E. of Nova Scotia
“Basics of a Secured Bank Financing”, C.B.A.O.
“Advanced Civil Litigation”, C.B.A.O.
Ben can be reached at [email protected]